Defects Found in Leopalace21 Apartment Buildings

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--Apartment rental firm Leopalace21 Corp. <8848> said Thursday that it has detected construction defects in 1,324 apartment buildings, located in 33 of the 47 prefectures in Japan.

While a total of 14,443 people currently live in the affected buildings, the company plans to ask 7,782 residents in 641 buildings in need of immediate repairs to leave.

The defects were found during an investigation of the nearly 40,000 buildings that the company manages across the country, following revelations of flaws in some of the properties in May last year.

For the buildings with newly found defects, construction work started between 1996 and 2001, according to the company.

The defects may amount to violations of the construction standards law, including possible breaches of fire-resistance standards for ceilings, sources familiar with the situation said.

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